City to face Inter on US tour
- 21 May 2010 14:48
- Posted by David Clayton
City are delighted to announce that Inter Milan will be the opponents in the final game of the US tour this summer.
The match, which will pit Roberto Mancini against club he managed during four trophy-laden seasons, will be played in Baltimore at the 71-000 capacity M&T Bank Stadium on July 31.
Last season the same venue also played host to the pre-season friendly between Chelsea and AC Milan and was a complete sell-out. The same is expected for the latest Anglo-Italian battle.
With games against Sporting Lisbon, New York Red Bulls and Club America already announced, the American schedule is now complete and a clash with Jose Mourinho’s Champions League finalists is a mouth-watering prospect for the club.
“It’s a fantastic way to end the tour,” said City’s Football Administrator, Brian Marwood.
Everyone is aware of the qualities of Inter Milan and it will be a huge test for us at the end of what is a very exciting, diverse tour for the club.
“It is a coup to be playing the team we hope will soon be Champions League winners and I think this is the type of fixture everyone connected with the club and our supporters in particular will relish.
“I know Roberto’s eyes lit up when we mentioned we were hoping to play Inter!
“Hopefully, this is just the beginning of playing this calibre of opposition on a regular basis.”
The North American tour looks set to eclipse last year’s hugely successful trip to South Africa, with the Blues visiting Portland, Atlanta, New York and now Baltimore during their stay.
“It’s probably the most ambitious tour the club has ever embarked on and so many people have been involved in the planning and organisation to make sure it is a very successful trip,” continued Marwood.
“We want this to be the norm for our pre-season preparations because for us as a football club to grow, you need these kinds of experiences of playing against the top sides from around the world.
“I think it will be good for the players, too and will forge a good team spirit.”